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Developer gets 10 Years for Building/Investor Scam over Fracking Boom

Developer gets 10 Years for Building/Investor Scam over Fracking Boom

. By Jennifer Felten  “Fracking” is a slang term for “Hydraulic Fracturing”.  Hydraulic Fracturing is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., in order to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.  In other words, inject pressurized liquid deep into the earth and you get oil or […]

Lawsuit: Construction flaws — Seller Not Necessarily Responsible to Disclose them

Lawsuit: Construction flaws — Seller Not Necessarily Responsible to Disclose them

. By Jennifer Felten  Case of the Month: RSB Vineyards, LLC v. Bernard A. Orsi et al. RSB Vineyards, LLC (“RSB”) purchased a vineyard, including a winery and a tasting room, from the Defendants (“Defendants”) in August 2011.  After the purchase, RSB had someone in to repair the stairs to the tasting room.  His inspection of […]

Beware of Pools

Beware of Pools

. By Jennifer Felten  Both California common law and California Civil Code section 1102 require a seller to disclose information to a potential buyer about the property that are material to their decision to acquire the property.  California has a set form, called the Transfer Disclosure Statement, that is used for this purpose.  However, if […]

Deceased Real Estate Agent’s Identity Stolen

Deceased Real Estate Agent’s Identity Stolen

. By Jennifer Felten  Fraudsters and spammers are becoming more and more commonplace in today’s world.  It seems everyone is on social media, emails, texting, and buried deep inside their “smart device”.  This has proven to be a gold mine for many fraudsters, and it appears they have no conscience in some cases. In June […]

Wire Fraud Continues to Impact Real Estate Industry

Wire Fraud Continues to Impact Real Estate Industry

. By Jennifer Felten  Wire Fraud is unfortunately happening too often and sometimes with devastating results.  Everyone needs to become more aware and more vigilant against these criminals as everyone is at risk.  For example, Lori Sattler, an acting State Supreme Court justice in New York, was in the process of selling her Upper East […]

California Holds $8 billion in Unclaimed Property

California Holds $8 billion in Unclaimed Property

By Jennifer Felten According to the California State Controller website, the State of California is currently in possession of more than $8 billion in Unclaimed Property belonging to approximately 32.5 million individuals and organizations.  California has an Unclaimed Property Law where it takes possession of unclaimed property.  This law requires unclaimed property “holders” (such as […]

The Tangled Web of Foreclosure

The Tangled Web of Foreclosure

By Jennifer Felten Case of the Month:  Joshua and Christina Epps, Plaintiffs and Respondents v. Bruce Lindsey, Defendant and Appellant What’s in a word?  For Bruce Lindsey, he hoped it was the house he was living in.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way he wanted.  It all started when Lindsey’s at the time girlfriend, Linda Barbee, […]

Airbnb Updates Security

Airbnb Updates Security

By Jennifer Felten Airbnb has been in the news lately, but not for good reasons.  Criminals have started hacking the accounts of highly rated Airbnb users.  They then are able to conduct a short-term lease on properties using someone else’s account.  While they are in the unit, they rob the place.  Other criminals have taken […]

Do I really have to pay the State of California Annual Minimum Franchise Tax? Taxed When Taxes Aren’t Owed.

Do I really have to pay the State of California Annual Minimum Franchise Tax?  Taxed When Taxes Aren’t Owed.

By Jennifer Felten They say two things in life are a certainty …death and taxes.  A small company named Swart Enterprises, Inc. (“Swart”) found out the hard way how states are always trying to get more revenue via tax dollars.  If you haven’t heard about Swart, don’t feel too bad.  It is a small, family […]

Homeowner Uses Doorbell Speaker to Spook Would-Be Burglar

Homeowner Uses Doorbell Speaker to Spook Would-Be Burglar

By Jennifer Felten The term “Internet of Things” (“IoT”) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.  For the average household this means basically connecting many “smart devices” via the internet, typically via […]

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